I hired a consultant at the beginning of my dissertation process. This was the best decision I made: First, my consultant helped me get my problem statement in tip top shape. This made everything else much easier. From there, the literature review flowed from in a seamless way. As a result, I didn’t waste time struggling and having to do many rounds of revisions. When it came to data collection and analysis my consultant made sure my survey was in the right format so I had no data cleanup and then helped me with my syntax. Overall, I was able to finish my dissertation in half the time anyone at my program has completed theirs (6 months vs. 1 year). Thank you to my dissertation consultant and Alison- I am very grateful!